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by loganath velloo
Delia Arnold returns a shot to Lisa Camilleri in the Penang Women's Open. Delia won 15-13, 11-7, 11-9.
GEORGE TOWN: Delia Arnold kept the Malaysian flag flying in the IJM Land Penang Women’s Open squash tournament after progressing to the semi-finals at the Nicol David International Squash Centre on Thursday.
The national No. 3 defeated Australia’s Lisa Camilleri 15-13, 11-7, 11-9 to set up a last four meeting against another player from Down Under, the top seed Rachael Grinham.
World No. 33 Delia, the only Malaysian player to feature in Thursday's quarter-finals, started brilliantly by taking a 7-3 lead in the first game. However, a string of errors allowed world No. 56 Camilleri to surge into a 10-8 lead.
Delia rediscovered her focus in time to stave off four game points and take the first game 15-13.
Both players traded points in the second game until 6-6 before Delia pulled away to win 11-7.
The Malaysian again threw away a comfortable lead when she allowed Camilleri to claw back a 2-6 deficit to lead 9-7. But Delia stepped up a gear to reel off four consecutive points and book her semi-final ticket.
“My main weakness is losing focus while leading in a match. Before I knew it, my opponent had pulled level but, luckily, I managed to close out the match in straight games. I am working on rectifying this weakness, but it will take time,” said Delia after her 40-minute victory.
The 27-year-old from Kuala Lumpur admitted that she will face an uphill task against Grinham, a player she has never beaten, in Friday’s semis.
“The best I have done against Rachael is taking one game off her in a 3-1 defeat. I’m hoping to end my winless streak against her tomorrow. I have nothing to lose and hope my best game will be enough to get me into the final,” said fourth seed Delia.
World No. 16 Grinham needed just 30 minutes to defeat Switzerland’s Gaby Huber 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 in her last eight tie.
All the top four seeds in the Penang Open qualified for the semi-finals, with second seed and defending champion Joshna Chinappa taking on third seed Emma Beddoes in the last four.
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